04:33 GMT20 June 2021
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    The US had reportedly blocked a proposal to convene the UN Security Council on Friday earlier in the day. Norway, China, and Tunisia had demanded the public meeting, but it will not take place “because members could not reach consensus,” according to sources.

    The UN Security Council will meet on May 16 to discuss the escalation between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement.

    "The UN Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Israel and Gaza on Sunday," Thomas-Greenfield said on Thursday via Twitter on Thursday. "The US will continue to actively engage in diplomacy at the highest levels to try to de-escalate tensions."

    The mission indicated that the meeting was called for by Norway, China and Tunisia "with broad support."

    A meeting was initially pushed for Friday, however, the United States desired a meeting to take place on Tuesday.

    Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters the US was "open to discussions," and that initial indications suggested a meeting would be held the following week.

    The UNSC has previously held two meetings regarding the escalating tensions.


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